Both classic 1960s Doctor Who movies starring Peter Cushing are returning to cinemas for a limited run this summer, with the new 4K restorations also coming to Blu-Ray

StudioCanal have announced brand new 4K restorations of the two classic Doctor Who feature-length films starring award-winning actor Peter Cushing – Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150ad.

Released initially in 1965 and 1966 respectively and directed by Gordon Flemyng, these two films, shot in glorious Technicolor, have been regenerated in out-of-this-world 4K and are the perfect collector’s item for Doctor Who and sci-fi fans. The films, which are to date the only big-screen outings for the Doctor, also boast a beloved supporting cast including Bernard Cribbins, Roberta Tovey, Roy Castle and Jennie Linden.

Not only have the Daleks films been restored to Ultra HD, but for the first time it’s been possible to restore them from the original camera negatives. As as result the films will look better than every before. They also sound their best thanks to audio restoration work by Mark Ayers (Doctor Who: The Collection).

StudioCanal will release Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150ad theatrically in the UK from the 10th of July 2022 following a special double-bill preview at the BFI in London on June 19th. Both films will be released in 4K UHD Collector’s Editions, steelbooks and digital formats. Dr. Who and the Daleks arrives first on the 20th of June before its sequel Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150ad follow on the 18th of July. And they’ve released a stunning new trailer to show off the new release!

The two Daleks films bring Dr. Who firstly to the nightmarish alien world of Skaro and then to a devastated future Earth

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV’s most iconic sci-fi hero, and also the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour. Having invented the TARDIS, a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space.

Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro, a primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species, a peaceful tribe known as Thals. But Skaro is also home to a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines – a merciless force of destruction known as the Daleks!

The second film, Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150ad sees Cushing return to the big screen – the future of planet Earth now belongs to The Daleks, but deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. Can the Doctor help them succeed in destroying their extra-terrestrial enemies and take back control of Earth before it’s too late?

The preview at BFI Southbank on the 19th of June will see both films screened back-to-back with a special guest Q&A including cast members Roberta Tovey and Jill Curzon as well as Anthony Waye (the assistant director of both films) and Jason Flemyng, son of the films’ director, Gordon Flemyng. The Q&A will take place after Dr. Who and the Daleks has screened and will cover both films. Tickets will be available to BFI Members from 3 May and to the general public from 5 May at www.bfi.org.uk/whatson


The stunning 4K UHD Collector’s Edition for each film will include:

  • UHD
  • BD
  • 42-page booklet with brand new essays
  • Exclusive 32-page Titan mini-book
  • Collectable coin
  • 5 art cards
  • 2 posters – new and original artwork

The releases include an impressive array of extra features

 

The new Dr Who and the Daleks 4K Blu-ray pack (c) StudioCanal Doctor Who Peter Cushing
The new Dr Who and the Daleks 4K Blu-ray pack (c) StudioCanal
Dr. Who and the Daleks
  • New featurette The Dalek Legacy: Destination Skaro
  • New featurette Restoring Dr. Who in 4K
  • Audio Commentary with critic Kim Newman, screenwriter/writer Robert Shearman, and actor/writer Mark Gatiss
  • Audio Commentary with actors Jennie Linden (Barbara) and Roberta Tovey (Susan)
  • Dalekmania documentary
  • Interview with Gareth Owen
  • Original trailer (remastered for 2013 release)
  • Stills gallery

 

The new Daleks' Invasion of Earth 2150ad 4K Blu-ray pack (c) StudioCanal Doctor Who Peter Cushing
The new Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150ad 4K Blu-ray pack (c) StudioCanal
Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150ad
  • New featurette The Dalek Legacy: Invasion Earth
  • New featurette Restoring Dr. Who in 4K
  • Audio Commentary with critic Kim Newman, screenwriter/writer Robert Shearman, and actor/writer Mark Gatiss
  • Dalekmania documentary
  • Interview with Gareth Owen
  • Interview with Bernard Cribbins
  • Original Trailer (remastered for 2013 release)
  • Stills Gallery

 

The 1960s Dalek movies Steelbooks (c) StudioCanal Peter Cushing Dr Who and the Daleks Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150ad Peter Cushing Doctor Who
The 1960s Dalek movies Steelbooks (c) StudioCanal

The new restorations will also be available in two stunning new steelbooks, also designed by Johnny Dombrowski.

Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150ad will be released as a double bill in cinemas on the 10th of July and available as 4K UHD Collector’s Editions, steelbooks and digital on the 20th of June and 18th of July respectively.

The special double bill preview will take place on the 19th of June at the BFI.

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